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Isaksson, B. (2018). Dödahavsrullarna och det hebreiska språket. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 83, 66-85
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dödahavsrullarna och det hebreiska språket
2018 (Swedish)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 83, p. 66-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After 70 years of intensive research on the Dead Sea Scrolls it is conspicuous that scholarship has not arrived at even a mainstream view of the Hebrew language in the scrolls. The characteristic linguistic features of this written Hebrew point in several seemingly contradictory directions. There are both strong classicizing tendencies in the language and clear colloquial traits. This has led many scholars to regard QH as an intermediate state (in a diachronic sense) between Late Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinic Hebrew, in spite of the classicizing traits already in LBH and in spite of the fact that QH is contemporary with RH. The thesis in this article is that the scholarly discussions on the classicizing element in QH has failed to account for the nature of the biblical texts that the scribes in Qumran intended to imitate. An analysis of the biblical text tradition in Qumran must be able to account for the deviations from the Masoretic (Tiberian) text tradition. Among the features most difficult to explain in QH are the long forms of the personal pronouns (both independent and suffixed), as well as the retention of the stem vowel in verbs like yšqwdw (1QS 6:7). It is not enough to explain such features as dialectal traits (which they certainly are in the end). Because of the classicizing intention of the scribes at Qumran it is necessary to account for the deviating features in the light of the biblical reading tradition of the Qumran community. It is argued in the article that the reading tradition in Qumran shared many characteristics with the Babylonian and Samaritan traditions. Among the shared features are a strong tendency to long personal pronouns where Tiberian tradition (and our Hebrew Bibles) has short pronouns, and retention of the stem vowel in verbal forms of the type yiqtolū, where the Tiberian tradition reduce the vowel. The reading tradition in Qumran was heavily influenced by their colloquial language, and this oral reading tradition induced the colloquial features also in the indigenous scribal production of their biblical texts, as Kutscher has proved in his study of the Isaiah scroll. The article argues that the Qumran scribes when writing their sectarian texts intended to use the type of biblical language that they encountered in their biblical reading tradition. My conclusion is that the Qumran community followed an old biblical reading tradition when they used long forms of the personal pronouns such as hmh or -kmh or verb forms yiqtolū with retained stem vowel. The only central dialectal feature of QH that cannot be accounted for by comparison with other Jewish reading traditions are the long forms of the third person singular pronouns hwʾh and hyʾh. They might be analogical dialectal innovations by analogy, but comparative Semitic evidence makes a Protosemitic origin more probable. In such a case they indicate an old Hebrew dialectal variation between long and short third person singular pronouns, attested only in the reading tradition and the written sectarian literature of the Qumran community.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2018
Keywords
Hebrew, Qumran Hebrew, Dead Sea Scrolls
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360833 (URN)
Note

Omarbetat föredrag hållet vid Symposium om Dödahavsrullarna i svensk översättning, Newmaninstitutet, Uppsala, 12-13 februari 2018.

Available from: 2018-09-18 Created: 2018-09-18 Last updated: 2018-09-21Bibliographically approved
Wassén, C., Isaksson, B., Norin, S., Winninge, M., Ulfgard, H. & Skarström Hinojosa, K. (Eds.). (2017). Dödahavsrullarna: Svensk översättning. Uppsala: Bibelakademiförlaget, Svenska bibelsällskapet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dödahavsrullarna: Svensk översättning
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2017 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Bibelakademiförlaget, Svenska bibelsällskapet, 2017. p. 441
Keywords
Dödahavsrullarna, svensk översättning
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337490 (URN)
Available from: 2017-12-29 Created: 2017-12-29 Last updated: 2017-12-29
Lahdo, A. (2016). The Arabic Dialect of Tillo in the Region of Siirt (South-eastern Turkey): Textbook. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Arabic Dialect of Tillo in the Region of Siirt (South-eastern Turkey): Textbook
2016 (English)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. p. 240
Series
Studia Semitica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0585-5535 ; 29
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299370 (URN)9789155496050 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-18 Created: 2016-07-18 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, B. & Persson, M. (Eds.). (2015). Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond (1ed.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond, edited by Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson. Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 96. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015.

418 pages. ISBN 978-3-447-10405-0.

http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/title_947.ahtml

 

The volume presents the results of an international project carried out in co-operation between the Uppsala University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. The questions put forward in the project were: How is hypotaxis marked in Semitic, other than by conjunctions? How does this affect the organization of texts? More specifically, what constitutes a circumstantial clause? To find an answer to these questions, all the major Semitic language families and some modern spoken Semitic dialects were surveyed within the project.

 

Thus, Clause Combining in Semitic: The Circumstantial Clause and Beyond examines how different kinds of clauses combine to a text in a number of Semitic languages (Ethio-Semitic not included). Specifically, many of its chapters examine how circumstantial clauses are coded in individual Semitic languages.

Contents of the volume:

Clause Combining in Arabic dialects

Heléne Kammensjö

Circumstantial Clause Linking in Egyptian Arabic Narration

Maria Persson

Non-main Clause Combining in Damascene Arabic:

A scale of markedness

Clause Combining in Written Arabic

Michal Marmorstein

The Domain of Verbal Circumstantial Clauses in Classical Arabic

Clause Combining in Biblical Hebrew

Bo Isaksson

The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew. A Clause Combining Approach

Clause Combining in Modern Spoken Aramaic

Eran Cohen

Circumstantial Clause Combining in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect

of Zakho

Clause Combining in Epigraphic South Arabian

Jan Retsö

The Problem of Circumstantial Clause Combining (CCC) in Sabaean

Clause Combining in East Semitic

Eran Cohen

Circumstantial Clause Combining in Old Babylonian Akkadian

Index of terms

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015. p. 418 Edition: 1
Series
Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, ISSN 0567-4980 ; 96
Keywords
clause combining, clause linking, semitic languages, syntax, circumstantial clause, subordination
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252082 (URN)978-3-447-10405-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Semitic
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2197
Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Isaksson, B. (2015). ‘Subordination’: Some reflections on Matthiessen and Thompson’s article "The structure of discourse and ‘subordination’" and its bearing on the idea of circumstantial clause in Arabic and Hebrew. In: Lutz Edzard (Ed.), Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized: A Festschrift for Jan Retsö (pp. 404-424). Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Subordination’: Some reflections on Matthiessen and Thompson’s article "The structure of discourse and ‘subordination’" and its bearing on the idea of circumstantial clause in Arabic and Hebrew
2015 (English)In: Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized: A Festschrift for Jan Retsö / [ed] Lutz Edzard, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz , 2015, p. 404-424Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 2015
Keywords
Subordination, circumstantial clause, Arabic, Hebrew
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253934 (URN)978-3-447-10422-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-03 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Isaksson, B. (2015). The so-called we-qatal conjugation in Biblical Hebrew once again. In: Lehmann, Reinhard G. (Ed.), Papers read at the 11 Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (MICAH), University of Mainz, 1-3 November 2013: (pp. 71-117). Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The so-called we-qatal conjugation in Biblical Hebrew once again
2015 (English)In: Papers read at the 11 Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (MICAH), University of Mainz, 1-3 November 2013 / [ed] Lehmann, Reinhard G., Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz , 2015, p. 71-117Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The we-qatal syntagm has been regarded as one of the salient syntactical features that distinguish Biblical Hebrew from the rest of the North-West Semitic dialects. There seems to be few parallel constructions in other ancient Semitic languages. The common denominator of the studies so far is that we-qatal is a verbal grammatical morpheme of its own, a verbal conjugation that is to be distinguished from the Vsuff gram.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 2015
Series
KUSATU: Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt, ISSN 99-3412374-6 ; 19
Keywords
Hebrew, Semitic languages, verbal system
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266438 (URN)978-3-89991-172-5 (ISBN)
Projects
Clause combining and the Biblical Hebrew verbal system: A monograph project (Swedish Research Council 2016, dnr 2015-01168)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-01168
Note

Publisher: Hartmut SpennerAntiquariat & VerlagHerbert-Wehner-Str. 259174 KamenTel. 02307-261 1973Fax 02307-261 1974hartmutspenner@t-online.dewww.hartmutspenner.de

Available from: 2015-11-09 Created: 2015-11-09 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, B. (2015). The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew: A clause combining approach (1ed.). In: Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson (Ed.), Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond (pp. 169-268). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew: A clause combining approach
2015 (English)In: Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond / [ed] Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015, 1, p. 169-268Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, ISSN 0567-4980 ; 96
Keywords
Hebrew, verbal system, clause combining, Canaanite
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252084 (URN)978-3-447-10405-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Semitic
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2197
Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Isaksson, B. (2014). Archaic biblical Hebrew poetry: The linking of finite clauses (1ed.). In: Strategies of Clause Linking in Semitic Languages: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Clause Linking in Semitic Languages 5-7 August 2012 in Kivik, Sweden. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Archaic biblical Hebrew poetry: The linking of finite clauses
2014 (English)In: Strategies of Clause Linking in Semitic Languages: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Clause Linking in Semitic Languages 5-7 August 2012 in Kivik, Sweden, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014, 1, p. -141Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014 Edition: 1
Series
Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, ISSN 0567-4980 ; 93
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239645 (URN)978-3-447-10312-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-12-29 Last updated: 2018-01-11
Isaksson, B. (2014). Clause linking strategies in the narrative and instructional discourse of Joseph’s speech in Gen. 45: 3-15. Journal of Semitic Studies, 59(1), 15-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Clause linking strategies in the narrative and instructional discourse of Joseph’s speech in Gen. 45: 3-15
2014 (English)In: Journal of Semitic Studies, ISSN 0022-4480, E-ISSN 1477-8556, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 15-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article takes a longer piece of direct speech (Gen. 45: 3-15) as a starting point for a discussion of clause linking in relation to the concepts of 'main line' and 'discourse type' as well as the verbal grammatical morphemes making up the Biblical Hebrew verbal system. It is suggested that the concept of 'discourse type' must be redefined in order to be productive: 'a type of text characterized by a standardized coding of the main line'. In this sense direct speech is not a discourse type, since its main line can be coded by many types of clauses. 'Direct speech' is a pragmatic concept referring to the utterances of actants in the text. With Joseph's speech as point of departure the narrative storyline and the main line in instructional/procedural discourse are discussed. It is shown that the wa-VprefS clause is used not only to code a storyline in SBH but also to elaborate a preceding finite or non-finite clause. It is also suggested that when clauses are co-ordinated they as a rule show the same syntactical structure: NCl + NCl, Vsuff+ Vsuff, VprefS+ VprefS, etc. (Isaksson 2013). If there are no discourse type constraints (as there are in narrative prose and instructional discourse) co-ordinated clauses may be juxtaposed with or without the conjunction w partial derivative/wa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
Keywords
Biblical Hebrew, text linguistics
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221308 (URN)10.1093/jss/fgt033 (DOI)000340039800002 ()
Projects
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Semitic
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-03-27 Created: 2014-03-27 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, B. (2014). Review of Satzkomplex und Funktion: Syndese und Asyndese im Althocharabischen, by Michael Waltisberg (2009) [Review]. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 164(1), 247-251
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Satzkomplex und Funktion: Syndese und Asyndese im Althocharabischen, by Michael Waltisberg (2009)
2014 (English)In: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, ISSN 0341-0137, Vol. 164, no 1, p. 247-251Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014
Keywords
Arabiska, arabiska syntax, klassisk arabiska
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Semitic Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230791 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2197
Available from: 2014-08-29 Created: 2014-08-29 Last updated: 2018-01-11
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